Fauquier Excellence in Education
Fauquier Excellence In Education Foundation (FEIEF) is a 501 (c)(3) dedicated to creating, enhancing and expanding educational opportunities for Fauquier County Public Schools. We help fill the competitive gaps in the educational system and improve educational opportunities and experiences for teachers, administrators and students.
In 2017, the Fauquier Excellence in Education Foundation in partnership with Fauquier County Public Schools and Lord Fairfax Community College received the inaugural Governor's Award for Excellence and Innovation In Education in the category of Community Partnerships and Collaborations.
Accomplishments and current programs:
For over 30 years the Foundation has provided teachers with grants to enable them to participate in high-quality professional development programs that enhance their classroom teaching. In 2016, we expanded these opportunities to include all qualified educators, aides and support staff. Since the program began in 1984, funds in excess of a quarter million dollars have benefited over 200 teachers as they pursue a diverse list of opportunities and growth.
In 2017 we completed our remodel of the Outdoor Lab and Environmental Studies Academy at Fauquier High. Through a $95,000 grant from the PATH Foundation, we were able to renovate the property, purchase updated supplies and technologies to provide a comprehensive learning program for students in all schools and grades. The Outdoor Lab is also used during the summer for camps and extended outdoor learning.
We are in partnership with FCPS to expand the culinary programs at Kettle Run and Liberty High Schools. This includes commercial kitchen upgrades and tools needed to offer a comprehensive curriculum and program.
We are at the beginning stages with FCPS to create the Cyber Security Program at Liberty High School. This program will include various levels of study for students working toward a career in cyber security, law enforcement, computer sciences, ethics, computer programming, and so much more.
We are a proud partner of the FCPS Science Fair and STEM camps. Our goal is to provide students with extended materials needed to grow their interest in science, research and a career in STEM. As a sponsor of the STEM Summer Camps, we provide partnerships with corporations like Dominion Energy to offer new classes, keep the classes affordable, provide scholarships and offer transportation so that more students can attend.
We have just completed "A Profile Of A Graduate" partnership with FCPS. With graduation requirements changing for the class of 2022, FCPS, FEIEF and the School Support Council sponsored several community forums for parents and local businesses to learn more about the new standards and expectations. In addition to public forums, these seminars were offered through live streaming for those unable to attend in person.
We are open to new ideas and partnerships to grow the Foundation. We are in this together and we can't do it without you.
"I had the amazing opportunity to attend the AIM conference in Toronto, Canada in July 2016. Students are taught the most common used words through gestures. Instead of students repeating the teacher, students actually talk with the teacher. Comprehension takes place immediately. Students talk about everyday life rather than learn lists of vocabulary and conjugations of verbs. Students are also expected to be immersed in the target language for the majority of the class. Rather than talk about the language, we actually use it to learn it! Students are excelling better than ever and enjoying the learning process. We sing raps, act out plays, work in partnerships, play games and have fun! Students are comprehending and responding like never before. Thank you to the Fauquier Excellence in Education for providing such a positive learning experience for me and my students." Sincerely, Kim Niskanen